Thursday, 7 February 2013

GREEN MEP CAMPAIGNING ON RAIL FARES

Keith Taylor, Green Party Member of the European Parliament for the South East Region, is paying a quick visit to Tonbridge on Thursday 14th February. Supported by Tonbridge Greens, he will be leafleting and talking to rail commuters about our high rail fares at Tonbridge station between 07.30 and 08.30 am. Keith Taylor has commented on this issue as follows:
"The Government seems happy to allow rail companies to make large profits while doing little to reduce overcrowding, improve the South East's rail network and invest in a public transport system that could be an affordable and greener option for ordinary people. A quick comparison with other European countries only further highlights how poor our public transport system is. The price of UK rail tickets is extortionate and set to increase by 24% between 2011 and 2015, making them the most expensive in Europe. This follows a decade in which commuter fares have risen by more than 20% over wages.
"As a Green MEP and member of the European Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism, and with a constituency covering the busy South East region, I'm calling for an end to the failed experiment in privatised rail. This latest round of price rises will only strengthen the growing public support to renationalise the railways. Surveys show that three quarters of British voters want more control over our railways and this is something that I will continue to push for.
"While we wait for renationalisation you can still take action. I've joined the Campaign for Better Transport in calling for the Transport Secretary to end inflation busting far rises."


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FURTHER INFORMATION: Keith Taylor MEP can be contacted via his press office: Media Officer: Matthew Butcher Tel: 0207 250 8418 or 07940 500633 Email:  keithpress@greenmeps.org.uk or alternatively: Steve Dawe, Press Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY, on 01732 355185 or 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe for Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. KENT GREEN NEWS, free ezine, is available by subscription at www.kentgreenparty.org

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